The Taiwan Relations Act gives the United States an important legal commitment to this vibrant democracy. The U.S. provides tangible security and stability to the Taiwan Straits which helps Taiwan interact with China on its own terms.
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The United States is the provider of both tangi¬ble security and political stability to the Taiwan Strait.
With geopolitical tensions increasing throughout East Asia, the United States has sorely neglected a key strategic partner: Taiwan. Its per capita GDP of roughly $39,000, as measured in purchasing power parity ($21,000 at current exchange rates), makes Taiwan one of the richest countries in Asia. Yet it has been largely left out of the rapid integration that has long…
Successive American presidential Administrations, guided by the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, have recognized that a Taiwan that is free to make its own decisions, free from coercion by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is in the vital national security interest of the United States. The Taiwan Relations Act, in fact, is explicit about the connection between Taiwan’s…
Taiwan’s security is inextricably linked to the sea. Indeed, the island’s economic livelihood, as well as its national security, requires that Taipei secure the surrounding waters and have access to global sea-lanes. Consequently, Taiwan’s ability to field a modern navy is an essential element of its security strategy. The Taiwan Strait is a key international waterway,…
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Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West"
At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…
The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) has recommended that criminal charges be filed against Filipino coast guard personnel involved in an incident that sparked a major dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan last month.
On May 9, a Taiwanese fisherman, Hung Shih-cheng, was shot and killed by Filipino authorities when his fishing boat and a…
There has been a growing undercurrent of discussion in Taiwan over whether it should proceed with its long-standing request for purchase of F-16C/Ds or seek F-35s instead.
Taiwan’s official position is that it needs new fighters that are more advanced than the upgraded F-16A/Bs currently in the pipeline. The Taiwan media’s focus on the F-35, however, belies political…
EDWIN J. FEULNER: I’m Ed Feulner. For the next 13 days, I am the president of The Heritage Foundation. I’m delighted to have with us this morning my successor as the new president of The Heritage Foundation, Senator Jim DeMint. Senator, we are very happy that you are able to join us this morning for our 16th annual B.C. Lee Lecture.
It’s good to see so many friends…
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the addition of Taiwan to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Taiwanese citizens will now be eligible to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days visa-free.
However, key U.S. allies and friends—such as Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia—continue to be left waiting to join the VWP. These delays make little sense given…
America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia
America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence.
Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…
Preserving and promoting the US’ legal obligation to provide for Taiwan’s self-defense needs is a tricky business. Every sale — particularly the biggest — must wind its way through a complex maze of US and Taiwanese party politics, bureaucracies, legislators and media.
Often, the US and Taiwan are not aligned internally, let alone with one another.
On November 9, China launched a widely anticipated stimulus
program consisting of no less than 16 percent of China's annual
GDP, or $586 billion.This percentage is an eye-popping figure,
which is exactly the intended effect. In substance, the program is
largely a repackaging of previous measures designed to immediately
bolster domestic confidence and spin Chinese…
The Reagan Administration spent the first half of 1982 in
increasingly tough negotiations with the People's Republic of China
(PRC) over America's continuing arms sales to Taiwan following the
1979 shift of U.S. diplomatic relations to Beijing. The Carter
Administration had insisted that, given congressional opinion,
continuing limited arms sales to Taiwan was a…
Abstract: Since the end of the Cold War, China has dramatically expanded its navy, especially its submarine fleet, adding dozens of attack submarines since 1995. During the same period, the U.S. attack submarine fleet has shrunk to 53, and it is projected to fall to 41 in 2028. The U.S. fleet is already stretched thin by the demands of ongoing operations. Australia,…
The year 2008 marked the 30th anniversary of the beginning of
market reforms in China -- and perhaps the third anniversary of
their ending. Since the present Chinese leadership took power,
market-oriented liberalization has been minor. And as such policies
have wound down, they have been supplanted by renewed state
intervention: price controls, the reversal of…
Introduction by Dr, Edwin J. Feulner,
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is my honor to introduce one of the most persistent and principled
defenders of democracy in Asia, and perhaps the most respected
figure in Hong Kong's democracy.
Honorable Anson Chan is so respected, in fact, that when she served
as Hong Kong's second-highest…
When it comes to
North Korea, the United States has concerns about more than just
nuclear weapons. For over 25 years, Pyongyang's state-supervised
currency printing plants have been churning out high-grade
counterfeit U.S. dollars as well as counterfeit Japanese yen, Thai
baht, and in recent years, euros. A more recent concern is the
increasing evidence that China…
If the Bush
Administration is truly concerned about maintaining the "status
quo" in the Taiwan Strait, it must treat China's new propaganda
campaign for an "anti-secession law" as a dangerous escalation of
tensions. Washington must take just as firm a stand against the
proposed law as it did last year against Taiwan President Chen
Shui-bian's "referendum of protest"…
The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be negotiated in July in New York. One reason to be concerned about the ATT is the risks that it poses to America’s ability to sell arms to Taiwan. The U.S. is legally—as well as strategically and morally—obliged to provide for Taiwan’s defense. It should neither sign nor ratify a treaty that would increase the difficulty of meeting…
On December 22, 2011, Taiwan was nominated by the U.S. Department of State for inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program. Since 1986, the Visa Waiver Program has facilitated travel and tourism in the United States for individuals from friendly member nations, and security measures added since the program’s inception have made the program essential. Yet despite these many…
Abstract: The failure of the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super
Committee”) to come to agreement on reducing the federal deficit raises the real prospect of a total of $1 trillion in
additional cuts to the defense budget over the next decade. These cuts have been put forth with little consideration for their long-term impact:…
On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air.
“I hear they've raised the...…
The House Foreign Affairs Committee met this week to mark up H. Res. 494, “Affirming the Importance of the Taiwan...…
This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom. It...…
After several years of being relatively quiet, it would appear that the Taiwan Straits may be on the verge of becoming...…
A growing economic relationship between Taiwan and India would be a very positive development in Taiwan’s effort to...…
as early as possible,” said Mignonne Man-Jung Chan, former senior adviser to the President on Taiwan,…
The Japanese press today announced that Tokyo and Taipei had reached an accord on fishing rights around the disputed...…
Fostering the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is vital to U.S. relations with many of its allies in the Asia-Pacific region...…
The often overlooked relationship between the United States and Taiwan has never been more important. Effective...…
Last Friday’s event at The Heritage Foundation, “Shoring Up the U.S.–Taiwan Partnership,” featured a statement by...…
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